Citrus Beer Sangria

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Guess what? I’m  not a real fan of beer. I’ve always wanted to be because its such a social drink. What do you order when you go out with friends? Beer. What do you drink when you’re watching the game? Beer. What do you see when you open the cooler? Beer. As many times as I’ve tried to like it, however, I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I want to.

Now, this is a real shame, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are more micro breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. I don’t actually know this to be completely factual, but I’d be willing to make that claim in a bet.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I have found something beer related that I absolutely love, though: the beer cocktail. I saw an article at the end of last year that talked about the up and coming food trends and beer cocktails was on the top of the list. After making this Citrus Beer Sangria, I have a new found love for beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

To me, most beers are rather bitter. Just like I can’t drink hard alcohol on its own, I absolutely love it when its mixed into a wonderful cocktail creation. Beer is no different. The trick is finding complimentary flavors to balance out the bitter, earthy, hop flavor of a good beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Traditional sangria combines fresh fruit muddled with hard alcohol and is later topped with something like wine. I followed the same basic principals with this recipe but chose grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime (all citrus) as my fruit, used vodka as my hard alcohol, and incorporated pineapple juice to add some sweet to all the tartness of fruit. Don’t get me wrong – this alone would have made a tasty treat. Once that beer was added, however, it took the cocktail to a whole new level. There were so many different flavors and notes that danced around with each taste.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I’m especially fond of pitcher drinks because they’re so easy when entertaining a crowd. Plus, have you ever seen a prettier drink than this one with all that fruit swimming around? I think we can all agree that the very best part of a good sangria is eating the fruit at the end. Yum!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
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Beer Cheese Ranch Dip

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If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled BEER CHEESE RANCH DIP should be the game day appetizer you make!

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Bottom line: beer really should be incorporated into every game day recipe. I’ll be the first to admit that I love cooking with beer. It is the secret ingredient in my game day chili, but I’ve also used it to make my decadent beer bacon cheddar soup as well as my butter beer chipotle wings. Mercy. Those recipes are all hot. This dip is the first cold recipe I’ve made with beer, and it was good.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Its a simple recipe, which is a bonus if you happen to be drinking large quantities of beer while making the food. You pretty much dump, stir, and serve.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

The thickness of this dip depends on how much beer you add, so add some, give it a good stir, and then add some more if you think it needs to be thinned. Thin dip = lotsa beer.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

I highly recommend serving this dip with pretzel rods. Beer + cheese + pretzels just go well together. I have no idea why, but they do.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Besides the beer, the secret ingredient that adds all the flavor to this dip is ranch seasoning. Who doesn’t love the flavor of ranch? Name one person! If you love the flavor of ranch, be sure to check out these ranch inspired game day recipes here!

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

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If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup beer (amber ale recommended, amount will vary depending on desired thickness of dip)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, mix cream cheese, seasoning mix, and shredded sharp cheddar on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add a small amount of the beer and mix on low until combined. Continue to add beer until you've reached desired thickness of dip.
  3. Dip is best served with crackers, pretzel rods, or fresh veggies.
If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!
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Pumpkin Beer Chili

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I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty damn confident that I have perfected my chili making techniques and would put money on winning the next chili competition I enter. Yeah, its that good. There are a few good tricks, in my opinion to damn good chili. For this particular version, I wanted something fall inspired. I had heard of pumpkin chili before, and it just sounded weird to me. If you’re doubtful like I was, have no fear – the end result does not taste like pumpkin pie. It tastes like fall. There’s really no other way to describe it other than spicy savory delicious fall chili.

I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

I normally stick with red and white kidney beans, but for this version I swapped out the red kidney beans for black beans. Not just any black beans, but Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Black Beans because they’re really tasty. I started putting beer in my chili quite some time ago, but instead of a traditional amber ale, I used pumpkin ale. And, you guessed it, I added that entire can of pumpkin puree. I also through in a teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon to really bring out the fall flavor. Everything cooks on low in your slow cooker for six to ten hours, so its the perfect meal to make on a busy weekday morning before rushing everyone off to work and school, and its also perfect tailgating food because you can make it the night before, let it slow cook while you sleep, and then you reheat it before the game starts.

I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

Besides the beer, my trick to making this chili really quite wonderful is to mash it up with a potato masher before serving. I don’t know about you, but there are only so many whole kidney beans I like to eat in one sitting. By mashing half of them up, you not only thicken up your chili, but all that wonderful fall flavor mixes in so much better. Enjoy!

I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

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I transformed my popular beer chili by adding the best fall has to offer and created Pumpkin Beer Chili, made with pumpkin ale, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.
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Recipe type: dinner, main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground meat (I use grass fed/finished)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle pumpkin ale
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, unsalted
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (more if you want your chili spicier than mild)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef with chopped onion and bell pepper until meat is slightly browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Add minced garlic, stir, and cook for a couple more minutes. Add pumpkin ale to meat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to allow any browned bits at the bottom of the pan to release. Add mixture to large slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
  3. Before serving, use a potato masher to mash up some of the beans and continue to mash until your chili is as thick as you like. Garnish with freshly grated sharp cheddar and cornbread.

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Five Alarm Steak Chili

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This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you’ll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This, by far, is the best chili I’ve ever made. Can you believe I’ve only ever made my chili with ground beef? Turns out, I’m all out of ground beef, but I did have a couple of sirloin steaks in the freezer. I combined those with my favorite cooking hot sauce along with some other ingredients… and pure magic happened. Everyone knows (or should know) that browning your meat first does amazing things for the flavor. I covered my cut up steak pieces with a light dusting of flour and then I cooked them for a couple minutes on each side in some screaming hot oil. There were all sorts of good things stuck to my pan so I did what any reasonable cook would do and I cracked open a can of amber ale beer and poured it in to loosen up all those delicious bits, then I added all of that into the slow cooker.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

You have all of your basic chili components in here – beans, tomatoes, onions, and chili powder among a few other things. When you really want to call your chili Five Alarm Chili, then you add in 5 tablespoons of this hot sauce. If you’re not brave enough, you can make four alarm chili and add four tablespoons. And if you really like to sweat, you can make six alarm chili and… you get the idea.
This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This chili is downright perfect for tailgating. Just get everything in the crockpot the night before, let it cook while you sleep, and then take it to the parking lot bright in early to get it warmed up. It also works great during a busy work week. Just imagine doing the prep work in the morning, slaving all day at work, running back and forth between football and soccer practice, and coming home to a hot bowl of THIS!

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

Five Alarm Steak Chili
 
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This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 pounds steak, cut in 1-inch chunks (you can use stew beef, I used two sirloin steaks)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons oil (I use avocado oil and use enough to generously coat bottom of pan)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of amber ale
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans unsalted plum tomatoes, with juice (break up tomatoes into pieces)
  • Garnish with freshly grated cheese, sour cream, and/or diced avocados
Instructions
  1. Add onion to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Lightly coat steak with flour and shake off excess. Heat a heavy bottom large skillet or dutch oven over high heat and add oil. When oil is hot, add meat, ensuring enough space is in between pieces to properly brown. Allow to cook for just a couple minutes on each side to brown. I had to do this in two separate batches. Turn off heat when done. Transfer browned steak to slow cooker, placing on top of the diced onion.
  3. Add amber ale to pot and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to dissolve all that good stuff that stuck to the pot. Scrape it with a wooden spoon and then add entire mixture to slow cooker.
  4. Add remaining ingredients all the way up to the garnish, stir, and set slow cooker to cook on low for 8-10 hours. Before serving, use a masher to smash the chili to shred the meat and smash up some of the beans. This will thicken everything to perfection. Top with garnishes and serve hot.

 

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One Pot Chili Mac

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This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

Last week I was sitting at my desk as my “real job” (yes, I work full time at a very busy and stressful job, am a mom, and have a food blog where I post a new recipe every single day… hopefully you’ll forgive the occasional typo because my head is constantly on the verge of exploding from over commitment), and my co-worker sat down at his desk with his lunch. His cubemate asked “what do ya got there” and I heard him reply over that six foot tall carpeted cubicle wall “chili mac”.  Perhaps it was because I had been to busy to eat that morning and was starving, but I distinctly remember saying to myself (picture Homer Simpson with some drool dribbling out of the corner of his mouth): “Mmmmm, chili mac”.  So, of course I had to make some.

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

I started by using my game day beer chili recipe as inspiration. From there I made a few alterations and then added chicken broth and elbow macaroni. Bam. One pot chili mac. Nailed it.

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

One of the main differences, besides the chicken broth and macaroni of course, from my game day beer chili is that I used fresh tomatoes in that recipe. I still highly recommend using fresh tomatoes but I made that chili at the end of August when I was buried in fresh tomatoes and had to figure out what to do with them. I made this chili mac in the spring. The only fresh tomatoes available in Oregon in the spring are at the store and are very expensive and not very appetizing. So, in went the canned tomatoes. Here’s the thing: I use a lot of salt in my other chili because fresh tomatoes need it. What I didn’t consider when making this was the salt that was in the canned tomatoes. Had I not added the chicken broth and macaroni, this would have been way too salty. But, because both chicken broth (at least the kind I used) and the pasta need additional salt, it ended up being perfect. Whew. That was lucky. If you aren’t sure, you may want to start with less salt and add more to taste. Remember – you can always add but you can’t take away in cooking.

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

I prefer to add the cheese directly to the bowl rather than to the pot. This way I know I have the exact right amount. I also prefer using freshly grated extra sharp white cheddar. You can use the pre-grated stuff, but if you go to the trouble to make this awesome dinner, take the extra thirty seconds it takes to grate your own cheese. Its well worth it. My kids and my husband gobbled this stuff up. Chili + mac n cheese is like a food pairing made in heaven!

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.

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This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounce beer (I used pale ale)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes, smashed (be sure there are no skins left)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) uncooked elbows pasta
  • Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Green onions, sliced (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Using a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven (I think mine is the 9 quart size and it was just big enough) over medium high heat, brown ground beef with onion and bell pepper until crumbly, about 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add beer and scrape all the wonderful bits off the bottom of the pot as it boils. Allow for almost all of the liquid to cook away. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in canned tomatoes, chicken broth,beans, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire, oregano, salt (see note), and pepper. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. To serve, top with grated cheese and sliced green onions.
Notes
I found 1 tablespoon salt to be the perfect amount but you may want to start with just a teaspoon and add more to your liking.

 

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Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup

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Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.

Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.

Wow, was this soup good. I’m not going to tell you its the healthiest soup I’ve ever made, but wow.  Any soup that starts with crisp applewood smoked bacon, onion, and celery has to be good, right?  Then you add an entire bottle of an Oregon made pale ale?  Now we’re talking.  Stir in some homemade chicken broth and you’ll see me start to drool. Yes, you can use the boxed stuff, but I always say “go big or go home”. Are we done at that point? Not a chance. You’re not done until you stir in some heavy cream and a freshly grated cheddar and gruyere blend. Mercy.

Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.

This soup was so incredibly rich and decadent and the flavor couldn’t be beat. Oh man. I wish I weren’t so hungry right now. Writing a post like this when you’re hungry is just plain stupid.  I can’t even bare to look at the photos.

Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.

I served this soup along side some Irish cheddar stout bread which, too, is fabulous, and an ice cold Black Velvet cocktail.  Again, go big or go home, right?

Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.

Beer Bacon & Cheddar Soup
 
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Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.
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Recipe type: soup, main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces
  • 2 small stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (12-ounce) beer (I used an Oregon pale ale)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I used homemade)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces cheese, grated (I used Trader Joe's Cheddar Gruyere blend)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon ends and pieces according to directions in post (only use half the pack for this recipe). Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  2. Heat the bacon grease over medium high heat. Cook onion and celery until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add butter, melt, then add flour and stir. Allow the flour to cook for several minutes. Add beer and chicken broth. Bring soup to a bowl and allow to boil and cook down for about 15 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to low, add heavy cream and cheese, stir until well blended and the cheese has melted.
  4. Serve with diced jalapeno and beer bread.

 

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Irish Cheddar Stout Bread

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

Oh beer bread, where have you been all of my life? How have I just now gotten to know how wonderful you are? Why do you have to be so easy to make and delicious?  Why must you tease me so, prompting me to make loaf after loaf because I just can’t get enough of you?

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

Have you ever made beer bread? If yes, why haven’t you told me about this wonderful creation already? Hmmm?  If not, let me tell you about it. Beer bread is basically the combination of beer and self rising flour. It yields a perfectly rising, perfectly spongy, perfectly flavored bread that is perfect for slicing. Because of the beer, you don’t need to mess around with yeast and warm water and kneading. This is quite possibly the easiest way to make bread.

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

I have lots of different kinds of flour in my house: all-purpose, cake, bread, even coconut (which I have yet to use), but I don’t have self-rising. Never fear. Self rising flour is basically flour with sugar, baking powder and salt (or something like that… I don’t really know for sure). Anyhoo, the original recipe I used as inspiration called for self rising flour so I did a little research on how to make my own. No idea if it was correct, but my bread turned out perfect so I can say with confidence that I was at least on the right track. And since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I went all out Irish style. I used Guinness stout for my beer, Kerrygold Irish Cheddar which has a sharp nutty taste, sort of like a really nicely aged gouda (i.e. heaven), and I even spent a few extra bucks and bought the Kerrygold Irish butter, which, in my opinion, is worth every penny.  Now take my advice and go make this bread!

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

Irish Cheddar Stout Bread
 
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You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.
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Recipe type: bread
Yields: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Irish cheddar (I used Kerrygold)
  • 12 ounces stout (I used Guinness)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (I used Kerrygold)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment and/or grease with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add shredded cheese and toss together so that each piece of cheese is coated with flour.
  3. Add the stout and stir just until fully mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Allow to rest (preferably in a warm room, but our house is rather cold) for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Cook in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Five minutes before removing from oven, rub the top of the bread with butter until its coated with a wonderful melted layer.
  5. Remove from oven as well as from pan and cool on cooling rack. Serve warm with more butter. To store, wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

 

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Black Velvet

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Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

I’m all about easy cocktails. Sure, I’ve had some tasty treats that were more like a complicated chemistry experiment to create, but the busy-me loves the pour-it-into-a-glass-and-enjoy kind of a cocktail.  I will tell you, though, that I’m not a huge beer fan, especially dark beers. I want to like them, but they are just too bitter for my liking. I love to cook with beer, but maybe someday when I grow up I’ll like drinking them. I do, however, love champagne. Before this drink, though, I had never opened a champagne bottle on my own. Perhaps my phobia has to do with the fact that I grew up in a little mountain community with an elevation of 6500 feet, but I am completely afraid of opening champagne bottles as well as those tubes of peel-and-pop biscuits. They scare the dickens out of me. I was so proud of myself when I overcame my fear and actually got this bottle open without hurting myself or having an anxiety attack.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

I was also pleasantly surprised that I thought this drink was good. The champagne totally mellowed the bitterness of the beer. The entire drink was smooth and quite good. I served this one to my husband during dinner to accompany some bangers and mash and some Irish cheddar stout bread.  I suppose I’m getting in the mood a wee bit early for St. Patrick’s Day. Get it? A wee bit? You just have to picture me saying that like an Irishman. Man, I’m funny.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

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Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces champagne
  • 5 ounces stout (I used Guinness)
Instructions
  1. Combine champagne and Guinness in a glass. Use a chilled glass if you can. Give it a stir and enjoy!

 

 

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IPA Mimosa

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This IPA Mimosa is a refreshing and manly drink made from an ice cold IPA and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, perfect for a tasty game day cocktail.

This IPA Mimosa is a refreshing and manly drink made from an ice cold IPA and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, perfect for a tasty game day cocktail.

Quick and easy is what you want? Well, my friends, it doesn’t get much easier than cracking open an ice cold can of a hoppy and citrus-y IPA beer, squeezing the juice out of a pink grapefruit with your bare hands, and then throwing it down the hatch. You know I’m not a huge fan of beer. The darker and more bitter, the harder it is for me to drink. I did, however, tolerate this drink quite well. My husband, on the other hand, who likes all kinds of booze, thought this drink was fantastic. He said the grapefruit juice made it totally refreshing and the bitter from the beer paired perfectly with the bitter from the grapefruit.  I picked this particular IPA out because Trader Joe’s said it was their most popular selling beer and since I know nothing about beer, I figured I would trust them. They’ve never steered me in the wrong direction before. Second, it was brewed in Oregon. Aren’t all good beers? This state is becoming, if it isn’t yet already, the mecca of awesome microbrews. Plus, I always support local. So do yourself a solid and mix some grapefruit juice in with your IPA and enjoy the magic of this wonderful new cocktail.

This IPA Mimosa is a refreshing and manly drink made from an ice cold IPA and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, perfect for a tasty game day cocktail.

IPA Mimosa
 
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This IPA Mimosa is a refreshing and manly drink made from an ice cold IPA and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, perfect for a tasty game day cocktail.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces IPA beer (hoppy and citrus-y are ideal), chilled
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, chilled
  • garnish with grapefruit peel
Instructions
  1. Pour grapefruit juice into glass. Top with IPA. Garnish with grapefruit peel. Enjoy.

 

 

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Game Day Punch

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Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.

Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.

I love me an easy-to-make drink. Portland has some majorly talented bartenders drink artists that use all sorts of weird ingredients and bitters. In fact, Portlandia did a great skit a few seasons ago that perfectly depicted this town’s bar scene. As much as I would like to put on a lab coat and look like a mad scientists when I’m making one of my tasty drinks, I just don’t have the time to extract my own black walnut bitters or candy the root of some foreign vegetable as garnish. I really like a drink that you can just pour into a glass and serve. I’ll even avoid shaking it in a cocktail shaker if I can get away with it, because one less dish to wash is one less dish to wash, wouldn’t you agree? This is one of those drinks. I just poured the ingredients into a glass and didn’t even stir it and it turned out perfectly.Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.

I’m not a beer drinker. I like some hard alcohol (vodka, tequila, gin… not whiskey), wine, and hard ciders. But, despite always wanting to have developed a love of beer, I just don’t like it. Perhaps my distaste developed when I drank way too much cheap and disgusting beer in my younger years which always led me to 1) do incredibly stupid things and then 2) barf. I can tell you that when I took a local Amber Ale (because almost everything we do here in Portland is to support local businesses) and mixed it with delicious pineapple juice and some Hansen’s Mandarin Lime soda (because its made with sugar and not HFCS), I was pleasantly surprised with how good it tasted. The juice and soda really lightened up the bitterness of the beer and I honestly think that other beer dis-likers like me would enjoy this drink. The fact that I found this really cool football glass made it taste even better.Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.

Game Day Punch
 
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Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) lemon lime or mandarin lime soda
  • 12 ounce beer (amber ale)
Instructions
  1. For a single serving, add pineapple juice and soda to a large glass, top with beer, serve.
  2. If tailgating or making for a crowd, increase ratio of ingredients to fill pitcher or punch bowl. Don't forget the red solo cups to complete the effect.

 

Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.
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